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Anonymous gift allows Tech to begin construction on Student-Athlete Performance Center


Thanks to an anonymous $15.2 million gift – the largest gift ever given to Virginia Tech – the Virginia Tech Athletics Department will proceed with plans to construct a state-of-the-art Student-Athlete Performance Center as part of a renovation and expansion of the fourth floor of the Jamerson Athletics Center. This new performance center will be approximately 17,000 square feet, and athletics department officials hope to start the $16.5 million project at some point in 2018, pending Board of Visitors approval. The primary purpose of the project is to meet the nutritional needs and provide dining space for all student-athletes in Tech’s 22 varsity sports. The plans also call for space to be dedicated for donor hospitality before and after athletics events and for recruiting areas, and the center connects directly to the concourse of Cassell Coliseum. In addition, the gift sets aside a maintenance fund to keep the new space up-to-date and visually appealing for years to come. For more on the project, please read this and this.

Tech women close non-conference play with six straight wins

Chanette Hicks scored 21 points to carry the Virginia Tech women’s basketball team to an 86-63 win over High Point on Saturday night at Carilion Clinic Court to close out the non-conference portion of its schedule. The Hokies, who won their sixth straight game and moved to 11-2 on the season, got off to a sluggish started and trailed by as many as eight with less than eight minutes left in the first half. But they rallied, using a 13-2 run spanning both halves to take the lead for good. Hicks played one of her best games of the season, as she also dished out six assists and recorded six steals, tying a season high. Regan Magarity added 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Hokies, while Taylor Emery finished with 16 points. Tech now has 12 days off before its opens ACC action with a game against NC State on Dec. 28 at Carilion Clinic Court. The game tips at 2:30 p.m.

Hicks becomes school’s all-time leader in career steals

Virginia Tech point guard Chanette Hicks etched her name in the women’s basketball record books when she became the program’s all-time leader in career steals during the Hokies’ win over Chattanooga on Dec. 10. Hicks’ steal in the third quarter gave her 253 in her career, enabling her to surpass Taiqua Brittingham’s previous school record of 252 set from 1981-85. Hicks, a native of Norfolk, Virginia, came into the season with two records already. As a freshman, she set the single-season record for steals, and of course, a freshman record with 91 steals. Last year as a sophomore, she eclipsed that with 123 steals. Hicks is averaging 3.3 steals per game in her career. If she continues along at that pace, she will finish with more than 400 career steals.



Virginia Tech
Athlete of the Week

Chanette Hicks
Women's Basketball • Guard • Junior • Norfolk, Virginia
Hicks helped the Hokies to an 84-34 victory at Monmouth this past Tuesday night and to an 86-63 win over High Point on Saturday. She recorded 11 points, eight assists and five rebounds against Monmouth, and on Saturday night, she paced the Hokies with a season-best 21 points on 8-of-11 shooting, as Tech toppled the Panthers. She also dished out six assists and recorded six steals in that win.

Hokies come up short in men's hoops loss at No. 8 Kentucky

 

Facing its biggest challenge of the season, the Virginia Tech men’s basketball team shot 58.2 percent from the floor and had four players in double figures, but couldn’t overcome 19 turnovers in a 93-86 loss at No. 8 Kentucky on Saturday afternoon. The loss snapped a seven-game winning streak for Tech, which fell to 9-2 overall on the season. In a game that featured eight ties and 11 lead changes, the Hokies trailed by eight with around three minutes remaining, but cut the lead to two on an Ahmed Hill 3-pointer with 1:17 to go. However, Kentucky scored the next six points to put the game away. Hill led the Hokies with 20 points, while Justin Robinson scored 19 and dished out nine assists. The Hokies return to Carilion Clinic Court on Tuesday night, as they play host to Presbyterian. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. 

Edmunds named All-American, Tech staff ready for National Signing Day

Virginia Tech linebacker Tremaine Edmunds became an All-American for the first time, as the junior from Danville, Virginia was named to The Associated Press’ third team on Dec. 11. Edmunds leads the Hokies in nearly every category, including tackles (102), tackles for a loss (14), sacks (5.5) and forced fumbles. He anchors a Virginia Tech defense that ranks first nationally with three shutouts and third nationally in scoring defense (13.5 ppg). Edmunds and his teammates have been preparing for the Camping World Bowl, as the staff has been balancing preparations and recruiting. The recently implemented early signing period starts Wednesday, and Tech’s staff expects to sign between 20-25 prospects to letters of intent. The athletics department will have full coverage of the day, including a one-hour special presented by Nissan that starts at 11 a.m. and will be available on hokiesports.com and the athletics department’s Facebook site. For more on the show, please read here: http://www.hokiesports.com/football/recaps/20171213aaa.html.

SAAC thanks athletics department staff members with special treat

On the brink of finals week, a group of Virginia Tech student-athlete representatives from Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) delivered Blacksburg-favorite Carol Lee donuts to athletics department staff members as a “thank you” for all they do for Hokie student-athletes. MJ Ulrich, SAAC President and the women’s swimming representative, took people on a tour of the “Thank You Donuts” event. Please watch the video.